We don't - but at least now Claire faces the specter of public accountability. Her tap dancing around the issues reminds us a lot more of the Democrats who failed in 2010 than the ones that survived the wave.
Claire McCaskill’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. In 2007, she called an effort raise the debt limit “unacceptable”—but four years and $4 trillion in debt later, McCaskill is now apocalyptic about what would happen if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling.
According to the St Louis Beacon , McCaskill claimed this week that “failing to raise the debt ceiling would cause a financial panic that would be devastating to the economy” and chided opponents by calling it “profoundly irresponsible to play chicken with the debt limit vote.” But McCaskill was singing a different tune back in 2007, when she voted against raising the debt ceiling to $9.8 trillion, saying that the budget had become “an unacceptable color of bright red.” (Vote: HJR 43; KC Star, September 29, 2007)
“It is the height of hypocrisy for Claire McCaskill to accuse her opponents of playing chicken with the debt ceiling when she did the same thing less than four years ago,” said Lloyd Smith, Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party. “Claire McCaskill needs to immediately explain why she called $9.8 trillion in debt ‘unacceptable’ in 2007 but now believes that raising the limit beyond $14.3 trillion is necessary.”
Claire McCaskill played a major role in the Obama-induced spending binge over the past two years. She supported the $787 billion stimulus bill, Obamacare, and bailout after bailout—and more recently, she has criticized Republican attempts to cut spending in the current budget year and beyond.
Now, as a result of her profligate spending over the past several years, she is demanding that Congress increase the debt ceiling so the Democrats can keep spending borrowed money and racking up debt that our children and grandchildren will have to repay.
This week, President Obama repudiated his previous opposition to raising the debt ceiling, which he now claims is necessary. Will Claire McCaskill follow his lead and apologize for her votes—or will she continue her indefensible position of raising the debt limit far beyond the amount she previously called “unacceptable”?